I’ve mentioned in many of my posts on household cleaners that many store bought cleaners contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to our health.


This is especially concerning when it comes to shower cleaners, because the chemicals that are in these cleaners are easily inhaled when they have been used and you take a steamy hot shower.  You may be getting rid of soap scum and mildew using these cleaners, but you are leaving behind chemicals that are far worse for your health.  For this reason as well as many others, it is very important to use non toxic cleaners in your tub and shower.  I’ve got a great recipe for a non toxic and effective tub and shower cleaner that removes soap scum, mildew and germs.  I will share it with you in a minute, but first, I want to go over some of the nasties that many store bought shower cleaners contain. The following chemicals along with their health effects are found in many store bought shower cleaners.

Ammonia: The vapors of ammonia can cause irritation to the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs.  It can also cause kidney and liver damage.

Fragrance Chemicals: Most cleaners contain these.  The two most common offenders are phthalates and synthetic musks.  Both of these can wreak havoc on the endocrine system causing reproductive effects in both men and women.  Some cleaners also contain cancer-causing benzene and formaldehyde.

Quarternary Ammonium Compounds: These are irritants that can cause severe allergic reactions and may cause adverse genetic and reproductive effects.

Silica Powder: This is a known carcinogen and can be found in abrasive cleaners (scrubs).

Sodium Hydroxide: This is highly corrosive and can burn the eyes, skin, and lungs, and is a respiratory irritant.

Trisodium nitrilotriacetate: The International Agency for Research on Cancer rated this as a possible human carcinogen.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of these anywhere near me, let alone left behind in my shower after cleaning for me to breath in or soak up into my skin in a bath!

No worries!  I have a solution!  My shower cleaner recipe is completely toxin free and free of harmful chemicals!  It works GREAT and it smells great!  I use vinegar quite a bit in my cleaning products, but I don’t when it comes to shower cleaner, because as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really like the smell of vinegar, so I didn’t want to have to smell it when relaxing in a nice hot shower.

In the recipe, you will notice that the amount of water to add varies greatly.  this is because it depends on how you want to apply it.  You can make a paste, in which case, you just want to add 2-3 Tbsp. of water, or you can make it into a spray on cleaner in which case you need to add anywhere from 2-4 cups of water.  If you want it as a spray, you just need to make sure it is thin enough so that it doesn’t clog up your spray bottle – I learned this the hard way! :-/  However, you still want it thick enough to “cling” to your shower wall and scrub away soap scum.  I suggest adding 2 cups to start, then add accordingly.




  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castille soap
  • 10-20 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 Tbsp. to 4 cups water


  • If making a spray – use a funnel to add all the ingredients to a spray bottle.  Shake well.
  • If making a paste – Mix all ingredients together in a container with a lid.
  • To use – Apply to shower and tub.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.  Scrub with a sponge or rag.  Rinse well!

Super easy and effective!  Enjoy! 🙂

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